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The Management

As a constituted Society, SABRE has a number of Elected Officers - collectively termed the management - who look after the Society and its website. They are elected in our annual elections in Spring each year. On this page, you can find out more about these people, what they do for you, and how you can get in touch with them.

Previous Management teams, going right back to 2001 are listed on a separate page.


The President serves as a neutral figure, mainly to administer SABRE's elections and other votes and, if needed, adjudicate in disputes between members. Since the President runs elections, he or she cannot take part in them, and therefore each election must see a new President elected. The full list of the President's duties is in the Constitution.

Owain Wright (Owain)

Owain discovered Sabre in 2004 and has been a member since August 2009. He joined the Committee as a Road Trip and Away Day Coordinator in December 2016. His interest in roads is purely amateur in nature; when he's not looking at maps or driving across them, he is Senior Lecturer in European History at Leeds Beckett University. He was previously elected as Sabre's President for the 2017-18 term and is currently serving a second term of office for 2019-20.

Owains's official e-mail address is

Site Manager

The Site Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the SABRE website and, in particular, the discussion forums. This includes moderating the boards, welcoming new members and promoting the discussion group. These tasks and others are shared with the Assistant Site Managers, though the Site Manager takes greater responsibility for them. The full list of the Site Manager's duties is in the Constitution.

You can contact the Site Management Team using the Contact form.

Matthew Cockburn (exiled)

Matthew first discovered SABRE in 2005/6 and joined in January 2007. His interest is from a non professional side and is driven in large part by a passion for history. When not on SABRE or using the roads, his interests are railways and historic buildings.

Assistant Site Managers

The Assistant Site Managers have the same responsibilities as the Site Manager (above) - usually the Site Management Team decides how best to share out the responsibilities, and this differs from year to year. The full list of the Assistant Site Manager's duties is in the Constitution.

You can contact the Site Management Team using the Contact form

Rob Baker (frediculous_biggs) Rob has been a member of Sabre since 2006, although had a number of years dormant. In recent times, he has joined as a development volunteer before being first elected in a 2018 by-election. Like most members, he thought no-one else had such an interest before discovering the holy trinity of Sabre, CBRD and Pathetic Motorways. He lives in Medway and is an avid Gillingham FC season ticket holder, while also enjoying travelling on and discovering the history of the London Underground. Rob's other interests include Formula 1 and video games, especially the Football Manager series.

Scott Spencer (ScottB5411)

Scott has been a member of Sabre since 2010, has served on the committee since 2011 (bar a short spell), is a past Secretary, and has been one of the site's Social Media Administrators since the post's inception. He is one of our members who thought "he was the only one" in his road obsession until he discovered the CBRD site (now in 2008 which led him to the Sabre website. In 2012, Scott and his American wife (who had moved to the UK) moved across the pond to the American mid-west and currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. Alongside his interest in all things road, Scott is an avid train enthusiast and likes Formula 1 and cricket. This is his second term as an elected member of the Sabre Site Management Team.

There is currently an ongoing by-election to fill this vacant post


The Treasurer, as you would expect, looks after SABRE's finances. Principally this involves collecting voluntary donations from members, administering the bank account and making sure costs for domain names and web hosting are paid.

Paul Martin (nowster)

Paul has been a member of SABRE since August 2004, and became Treasurer in 2009. He is also SABRE's IT manager, having day-to-day responsibility for the upkeep of the SABRE server.

Paul's official e-mail address is

Elected Committee Members

In addition to the Elected Officers, at the annual elections in Spring each year, three members of SABRE are elected to serve on the SABRE Committee. Their role is to oversee the Elected Officers, and to act as a point of reference and guidance to the Elected and Appointed Officers. For the 2019/2020 term, there are 3 extra Elected Committee Members due to a number of SMT being re-elected at the Election.

Richard Macer-Wright (RichardA35)

Richard has been a member of SABRE since 2002, and has served a previous term on the Committee. He has a day job of building new roads which he has been doing for far longer than he can remember.

Rachel Harper (Rachandsarai)

Rachel has been a member of SABRE since 2017, after she was introduced to the site by fellow member Glen. As well as being interested in roads, she also spends her time spotting trains on the Far North Line, near where she lives in Caithness and spending time with her dog, Sarai. She also enjoys riding and looking after the horses on her college course.

Ritchie Swann (Ritchie333)

Chris Marshall (Chris5156)

Chris has been a member of SABRE since August 2001 and has served in a number of elected and appointed roles over the years. He has also run his own website about UK roads for the last 18 years. His particular interests are researching the history of the road network in the 20th century, road sign design and custard

Rhydian Edwards (Rhyds)

Rhyds joined SABRE in 2006 after finding the society via the Pathetic Motorways site, and what was then CBRD, now His main interests are cars and driving, with some passing interest in IT due to his working in the industry.

Rhyds lives in North Wales, in a part rich in great views and poetry but totally bereft of both dual carriageways and grade-separated junctions

Chris Saunders (A303Chris)

Chris joined SABRE in 2005 and has been interested in roads and maps since he was a child and has a collection of over 700 maps. He has been employed in Transport Planning and Highway Engineering for over 30 years and away from his job/hobby he is a keen cyclist, golfer and football supporter.

Appointed Officers

Each year the President appoints a number of volunteers to assist with various parts of SABRE. These posts can change annually with the needs of the Society.

Secretary (for Voting Membership enquiries)

Serena Torz (Sabrista)

Web Development and Server Management

Paul Martin (nowster)
Andy Boal (AndyB)
Fahad Sadah (Fahad)
Owen Rudge (orudge)
Tim (ForestChav)
Rob Baker (Frediculous_biggs)
Ritchie Swann (Ritchie333)

Social Media Caretakers

Scott Spencer (ScottB5411)
Simon Douglas (Burns)
David Wilkins (roadtester)
Glen Wallace (Glen)

SABRE Wiki Caretakers

Chris (c2R)
Kevin Flynn (Viator)
rileyrob (rileyrob)
Steven Jukes (Steven)

SABRE Maps caretaker

Steven Jukes (Steven)

Media and Public Relations Officer

Bryn Buck (Bryn666)

Photo of the Month Co-ordinators

Tim (ForestChav)

Awayday and Roadtrip coordinators

David Wilkins (roadtester)
Owain Wright (Owain)


The current list of committee members may be viewed here. Committee is made up of the Elected Officers, Elected Committee Members, Appointed Officers, and the previous year's Elected Officers who are currently:

Alex Cameron (FosseWay)
Owen Rudge (orudge)


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